ACL is urging Victorian supporters to participate in the current push to protect doctors conscience in Victoria in light of recent events surrounding Dr Mark Hobart.
Dr Hobart drew attention in the state earlier this year after refusing to provide a referral for a couple seeking a sex-selection abortion.
He is currently being investigated by the National Medical Board for breaching Section 8 of the Abortion Law Reform Act, which states that a practitioner who has a conscientious objection to abortion "must refer the woman to another registered health practitioner in the same regulated health profession who the practitioner knows does not have a conscientious objection to abortion."Doctors Conscience
and other pro-life groups are calling on the Victorian government to reform Section 8 to protect freedom of conscience for all Victorian healthcare workers.
Earlier this month, Doctors Conscience circulated a petition for Victorians supporting an amendment to the Act, which is expected to be tabled in the parliament in the coming weeks.
Although the petition has now closed, you can still show your support for freedom of conscience by signing this petition at change.org.
You can also watch Professor Greg Craven's speech at the 'Freedom of Conscience' dinner last month by clicking on the YouTube video above. Professor Craven is the Vice-Chancellor at the Australian Catholic University.